Roland Garros Thrilling Men's Final
One of the participants in the men’s Roland Garros final was certainly unexpected this year. Novak Djokovic was on an incredible winning streak – 41 matches – and he looked unstoppable, beating even Rafael Nadal twice on his favorite surface – red clay. Few people expected Roger Federer to be contesting the final against Nadal, but he played an incredible match to hand Djokovic his first loss of the year.
The big question – could Federer continue his stellar play and put a dent in Nadal’s armor? He’s played Nadal four prior times at Roland Garros, losing every single time. In total, he’s won just 2 out of 13 matches against Nadal on clay. That’s got to wear on his mind.
With that said, Federer came ready to play today and looked very sharp early on, serving exceptionally well and hitting aggressively. Nadal on the other hand looked like he was still getting his rhythm. Roger raced to a 5-2 lead in the first set and looked like he might have found the answer to Rafa’s red clay mastery. But then Rafa quickly clawed his way back into the match, breaking Federer twice to get to 6-5 and then served out the set.
At the start of the second set, Roger quickly went down a break, looking dejected after losing the first. It even appeared he might lose his second service game to go down 0-3, but he managed to hold to stay in the set. Then at 3-4 he broke Rafa to tie up the match. Rafa broke again, going up 5-4, and then at deuce on his serve, it started to rain, halting play. The delay was very brief though – just 9 minutes – and Roger pulled out yet another break to tie the match at 5-5. They went to a tiebreak and Rafa dominated, winning 7-3.Continued on the next page